The Arty Semite

Out and About: Garry Kasparov on Bobby Fischer; Where Have All the Holocaust Movies Gone?

By Ezra Glinter

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Konrad Bercovici
  • Garry Kasparov tells us what it’s like to play chess in the shadow of Bobby Fischer.

  • In a 1923 article in The Nation, “Romanian-Jewish-American-Yiddish novelist, journalist, dandy, screwball folklorist of the Gypsies” Konrad Bercovici described “The Greatest Jewish City in the World.”

  • An Israeli forger almost managed to sell a fake Kandinsky for three million Euro.

  • You have until February 27 to catch Yeshiva University’s annual Seforim Sale.

  • Sexploitation filmmaker David F. Friedman and actor Len Lesser, who played Uncle Leo on “Seinfeld,” have died.

  • With no Shoah-themed pictures nominated this year for a Golden Globe or an Oscar, has the Holocaust movie had its run?

  • Allan Nadler reviews the first English-language biography of the late Satmar Rebbe, Joel Moshe Teitelbaum.

  • At the University of North Texas Grammy-nominated piano professor Joe Banowetz is rediscovering the music of Jewish composer Paul Kletzki, a conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic who was expelled by the Nazis and had to smuggle his music out of the country in a trunk.

  • Violinist Daniel Hope and pianist Jeffrey Kahane are reviving the music of Erwin Schulhoff, another composer banned (and murdered) by the Nazis.

  • A documentary about jailed Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky was twice stolen before its premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival.

  • Forward artist-in-residence Jeremiah Lockwood is interviewed on NPR about his new Sway Machinery Album, “The House of Friendly Ghosts, Vol. 1.”

  • The spirit of the kibbutz lives on in Tel Aviv’s art scene.

  • The Simon Wiesenthal Center has demanded that Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, best known for his “Zorba the Greek” film score, be stripped of his International Music Prize on account of his professed anti-Semitism.

  • Nextbook Press has released new translations of Yehudah Halevi by Hillel Halkin as a free e-book.


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